MIDDLESEX SUNDAY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
MAL 123 Mark Landau 50
West Harrow 124-3
MAL lost by 7 wickets
MAL suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of West Harrow on Sunday.
Conditions did not favour MAL as they were inserted on a green top with a long, lush outfield that made early scoring very difficult.
Mark Landau and Russell Corin battled hard, putting on 28 for the first wicket before Corin was caught at slip.
Chris Tomaszewski joined Landau and the two fought hard to establish a platform putting on 53, with Landau going through to his half century before immediately nicking behind for 50 (4 x 4, 83 balls).
Tomaszewski followed quickly for 9, and Alex Gold was bowled for 0. Daniel Caplan, a winter signing from London Maccabi Vale, threatened some brief resistance with 12, but the wickets continued to tumble and MAL were dismissed for 123 in 36.1 overs.
Given the amount of movement from the surface 123 looked a respectable score, but with the sun out, and the outfield quickening, it proved to be far short of par.
Yoav Lebens and Tomaszewski beat the bat consistently but there were too many four balls and West Harrow were able to get away to a quick start, putting on 35 before Sanjay was well caught low down by Alex Gold from the bowling of Tomaszweski.
Chivan followed soon after, caught from Yoav's bowling by Daniel Caplan. Akash chanced his arm and struck the ball well and Amit grew in confidence, and this pair took the score to 112 before Michael Klinger picked up a consolation wicket, bowling Akash for 42.
West Harrow reached their target in the 23rd over, on a day in which MAL had no luck, but were definitely below par.